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£15 Billion Wasted On Recruitment Annually New Survey Reveals

New Survey Finds 58.38% of People Are Placed In The Wrong Job and that the UK is therefore wasting £15 billion per year with recruitment agencies.

London, United Kingdom - July 17, 2014

/PressCable/ — A study by psychometric test experts, found that Recruiters are wasting £15.47 billion per year by placing the wrong people in the wrong job. In a recent survey of 1,569 people, 58% stated that they were working in environments incompatible with their personality, meaning they were effectively in the wrong job.

£26.5 billion is spent with recruitment agencies in the UK every year, by employers trying to place the right person in the right job. But, with 58.38% of workers saying they are in the wrong job, less than half of that spend is justified – a figure that suggests that the entire recruitment process needs to be restructured to avoid a nation of unhappy workers and unproductive workplaces.

“If the objective of recruiters is to place the right people in the right job, then we have wasted £15.47 billion in the UK alone. If people are to perform at their highest level, they need to at least feel they are in the right job.” explains Martin Gibbons, Founder of PeopleMaps.

Gibbons explains the connection between work environment and personality. “For example, an openoffice is the wrong environment for some people and yet others love the buzz it gives them. When people are working in the wrong environment, they are less productive.”

While businesses suffer due to low productivity of an unmotivated workforce, employees are left feeling frustrated and possibly even stressed. “Companies and individuals should be looking for a Win:Win, as no one benefits from candidates being placed in an incompatible work environment,” explains Gibbons. “Placing the right people in the right job is vital to both the company and the individual. By adding personality profiling into their pre employment testing, companies will benefit from lower staff turnover and increased productivity. Individuals will become exceptional at their job and be rewarded for their efforts.”

PeopleMaps offers a series of custom designed personality tests to help line managers recruit and place the right person in the right job. To find out more about psychometric tests, visit


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